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Romanian and Bulgarian parents of Irish citizen children have free access to the Irish labour market

Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2012

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The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have updated their position in relation to Romanian and Bulgarian citizens. According to the latest information from their website Romanian and Bulgarian citizens who are the parents of Irish citizen children do not require a work permit in order to work in Ireland. This came into effect from 28th February 2012. The parent and child must be resident in Ireland.

Romanian and Bulgarian citizens do not need a work permit to work in Ireland in the following circumstances:

  • A Romanian or Bulgarian citizen resident in Ireland with an employment permit which was valid for 12 months and expired on or after 31st December 2006
  • A Romanian or Bulgarian citizen who is the spouse/dependent of an EU citizen (other than Romania or Bulgaria)
  • From 1st January 2010, a Romanian or Bulgarian citizen who is the spouse/dependent of a Romanian or Bulgarian worker
  • A Romanian or Bulgarian citizen who is self-employed
  • From 28th February 2012, a Romanian or Bulgarian citizen resident in the State who is the parent of an Irish citizen child
  • A Romanian or Bulgarian citizen who is studying in Ireland and is enrolled on an academic course of more than one year's duration at a college listed on the Internationalisation Register on the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland website: www.nqai.ie is permitted to work for up to 20 hours part-time during the college year and full-time during normal college vacation periods
  • A Romanian or Bulgarian citizen who obtained prior permission to remain from the Department of Justice.

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